A woman’s voice can take many forms and incite many different emotions.
Women have the unique ability to inflict meaning and intent through the tone of voice.
A woman’s voice can do everything from soothing us to scaring us to death. Remember when your mom would change her tone in public, and it was apparent she meant business?
We’ve all felt the power of a woman’s words.
Even more impactful and deafening than her voice is a woman’s silence.
The Fight for Women’s Suffrage
Many chapters are written in the fight for gender equality, but the book is not finished yet. There was a time when a woman’s voice was unwanted or excluded. She was not allowed to have an opinion on many facets of life, including politics, the workforce, and even education.
Change requires the attention and effort not only of those affected but those who aren’t.
The history of women in formal education dates back to the 1800s. Women were not always allowed to be educated or become educators in the same way that men were. Teaching gave these women a life outside of their homes.
According to pbs.org, “By the turn of the 20th century, nearly 75 percent of America’s teachers were women. But women made up a far smaller percentage of administrators, and their power decreased with each higher level of authority.”
In essence, they were grooming future leaders but were not allowed to be one themselves. This spurred the interest in unions among teachers to fight for more progressive roles for women, equal pay, retirement benefits and tenure.
There were also many legal battles for racial and social equality in education along the way that helped shape a better future for all students, teachers, and administrators, including Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas 1954 and Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Board of Education, 1971.